McCain '08 Supports Bush on Ports

Senate Majority project found this quote from McCain '08:

"The President's leadership has earned our trust in the war on terror, and surely his administration deserves the presumption that they would not sell our security short."

But wait!  In 2004, here's what McCain said:

"I said no. My answer is still no. No confidence."

McCain '08!  

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Dick Cheney Just Shot Someone!!!

Dick Cheney shoots a man (human) during a hunting trip.  It seems that Dick hasn't read the NRA gun safety rules and should be a little more careful.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and injured a man during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, his spokeswoman said Sunday.

Full story at

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/02/12/c heney.ap/index.html

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The Perp Was In The Pew

Joseph Lowery's comments about Bush's lies and economic injustice was a beautiful thing. President Bush was there with him, all solemn and compassionate, paying his respects to the late Coretta Scott King. But Lowery could see. The perp was in the pew. Lowery knows what pulpits are for. Prophetic utterance. God bless him.

You know, I seem to remember a story that Jesus had similar words for the corrupt in the temple. I reckon he didn't win many friends among the corrupt for his actions, either. So I'd say the foaming mouths of the Right are just making sure we know what side they are on. Somebody should tell them that the very gospel they use to manipulate millions reports that we're going to win in the end.

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George Bush versus John Aravosis

Amount of money Americablog readers raised for body armor for a soldier in a few hours?  $5000

Amount of money Bush raised for the reconstruction of Iraq in a few weeks?  $600

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Bush Is Spying on His Political Opponents

To say that Bush spies on Democrats and dissidents is not hyperbole, it is a fact.  Here are six examples of overt spying on political opponents or cases where there is clear evasion on questions about whether his government is doing so:

Bush Administration uses U.S. Army to spy on war critics.  The Bush Administration used top-secret U.S. Army spying capabilities to spy on domestic war critics such as Quakers, Students Against the War, People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Greenpeace. An internal review forced the Pentagon to admit it had "improperly stored" information on potentially thousands of people because there was no "reasonable belief" they had any link to terrorism. (Newsweek, 1/30/06)

Bush Administration uses FBI to spy on war critics.  The Bush administration is using the FBI to "collect extensive information on the tactics, training and organization of antiwar demonstrators," causing the California Attorney General to declare that Bush Administration policy violates the state constitution prohibition on spying on political and religious groups without evidence of criminal activity. (San Francisco Chronicle, 11/23/03)

Bush Administration forced to turn over records revealing FBI is spying on Bush critics.  A Freedom of Information Act request revealed the FBI "collected at least 3,500 pages of internal documents in the last several years on a handful of civil rights and antiwar protest groups" that are leading Bush critics "in what the groups charge is an attempt to stifle political opposition to the Bush administration." (New York Times, 7/18/05)

Bush Administration uses Pentagon to spy on Bush critics. NBC obtained a 400-page Pentagon document outlining the Bush administration's surveillance of war critics.1,500 different events (aka. anti-war protests) in just a 10-month period.  "I think Americans should be concerned that the military, in fact, has reached too far," says NBC News military analyst Bill Arkin. "It means that they're actually collecting information about who's at those protests, the descriptions of vehicles at those protests.On the domestic level, this is unprecedented." (NBC News, 12/14/05)

The Bush Administration may have wiretapped a CNN reporter. In January, NBC published a transcript in which James Risen, the New York Times reporter who broke the NSA wiretap story, was asked if CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour's phone was wiretapped.  After a surge of interest, NBC deleted that line - saying the transcript was "released prematurely." Amanpour is married to James Rubin, a top Clinton Administration foreign policy strategist and an advisor to John Kerry's presidential campaign. (CNN, 1/6/06)

Gen. Michael Hayden refused to answer question about spying on political enemies at National Press Club.  At a public appearance, Bush's pointman in the Office of National Intelligence was asked if the NSA was wiretapping Bush's political enemies.  When Hayden dodged the question, the questioner repeated, "No, I asked, are you targeting us and people who politically oppose the Bush government, the Bush administration? Not a fishing net, but are you targeting specifically political opponents of the Bush administration?" Hayden looked at the questioner, and after a silence called on a different questioner. (Hayden National Press Club remarks, 1/23/06) (video ) (audio )

Bush must prove that these six examples are not part of a larger pattern, but are isolated.  He must prove it, since he circumvented the FISA courts and Gonzales lied to the Senate, and these are the ordinary checks on the system.  Anything less than him proving that he is not using his powers to spy on political opposition and journalists is evidence that his aims are tyrannical and that this controversy has nothing to do with terrorism.  

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